Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Saturday, March 21 at Santa Anita

The first race boils down to #6 Tap Tap I Win and #7 Forgive Your Sins. The former exits a series of competitive starter’s allowance events and should find this $25,000 claiming field more to his liking. He’ll be running on late. The horse to beat (and our top pick in the race) is Forgive Your Sins, in the money in two pretty decent sprints at the meeting and bred to run long. His one distance race (on turf) last fall at Hollywood Park was better than looked and he’s trained well lately for Vienna. At 7/2 on the morning line he looks like a solid straight play and a “must use” in the rolling exotics.

The 2nd race is open turf affair restricted to 4-year-olds and a good case can be made for #1 Il Girasole; #3 Noblety; and #9 Rumba Along. Il Girasole drops into a claimer, lands the good rail and looks dangerous on or near the lead throughout. Noblety earned a career top Beyer figure when winning an off-the-turf sprint earlier this month and if he can avoid getting into a speed duel with Il Girasole, he should be a factor stretching out. Rumba Along won a nice claimer over this course two turns back and this stretch runner in the Mulhall barn would benefit greatly from a hot pace.

The 3rd race offers little value, so we’ll jump ahead to the 4th race and use #3 Blame the Wine and #6 Homemade Brew. Blame the Wine takes another class drop after failing as the favorite recently but Bejarano stays aboard and she’s a solid fit on speed figures. Homemade Brew overcame a bit of trouble to wear down a softer field in good style and should be very live on the one level class raise for sharp Ted West.

We’ll single the Irish import #3 Oui Say Oui in the 5th race. The Sadler-trained filly has worked like she’s fit and ready and was a group stakes quality filly last year in top company in Ireland. She can fire fresh and on paper simply out classes this field. Let’s hope she leaves at close to her 3-1 morning line odds.

The 6th race appears to be a below average race for straight maidens. #3 Margarita Shot didn’t run badly in his debut at 24-1 and has every right to move forward with experience, while #4 Pauper’s Prize didn’t fire at all in the Turf Paradise Derby but is back with maidens today and rates a big look off either one of his two first races, both good efforts over this track in maiden company.

The 7th race is a bottom rung sprint affair and #3 Rogue Scholar and #5 Magnificent Blend both having the credentials to win. Rogue Scholar is an old timer with a touch of class and is racing in sharp form for Carava, while Magnificent Blend has low profile connections but he packs a potent stretch kick and always must be respected.

The 8th race is the San Luis Rey Handicap and the three main contenders are #1 You Got Me Rocking; #5 Spring House, and #6 Artiste Royal. You Got Me Rocking has blossomed for Mitchell and looks more than capable of taking control early and dominating late in his present extra sharp form. Spring House and Artiste Royal both should be rolling late but if ‘Rocking isn’t respected early he may never look back.

The 9th race, the Joe Hernandez Stakes down the hill, marks the return of the classy #2 U S Ranger as he makes his first start for Neil Drysdale. Fifth, but beaten only four lengths in the B.C. Turf Mile behind Goldikova, he has trained like he’s ready to roll and is strictly the one to beat. #7 Euroglide always gives his best and should be within striking range throughout. At 6-1 on the morning he’s definitely worth using in the exotics. #8 Noble Court ran very well in his only previous turf try and has shown the ability to fire off layoffs in the past. The works say ready.

The 10th race is a inscrutable maiden claimer. If you’re alive in the Pick-6 at this point, we hope you have this race bought.